The Reading / Listening - Moods - Level 3

A new wearable device can let other people know your mood. The device is a wristband. It is called a Moodbeam and is made by a UK company with the same name. The wristband was designed by the company and a healthcare provider. The company wanted to make a self-reporting device to help doctors and medical staff. The healthcare provider wanted its workers to be able to monitor their mood. Wearers of the device can check their mood by logging in to their Moodbeam account. Information on their mood will be stored in the cloud. Employers and managers can also see the data stored in the cloud on a dashboard. This can let them know how workers and teams are feeling and coping at work.



The original idea for the Moodbeam wristband came from a worried mother. She wanted to know how her daughter was feeling when she wasn't with her. The company website says: "Moodbeam is built on the unfortunate truth that whilst how we feel is so important to our wellbeing, it's hard to capture, tough to talk about and often invisible....Moodbeam was created with the ambition to transform the way the world sees mood, by making it easier to understand and talk about how we feel." It added the device: "Allows for better understanding of how we feel, creates more meaningful conversations with those we care about and helps us lead happier lives."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Moods - Level 0 Moods - Level 1   or  Moods - Level 2

Sources
    https://
  • moodbeam.co.uk
  • / https://www.
  • bbc.com
  • /news/business-55637328 https://www.
  • mobihealthnews.com
  • /news/emea/wearable-mood-device-provide-wellbeing-support-nhs-staff


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. MOODS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about moods. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       wearable / device / wristband / company / healthcare / monitor / mood / the cloud /
       original / idea / website / truth / wellbeing / invisible / conversations / happier lives
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. CLOUD: Students A strongly believe it is a good idea to put information about our mood in the cloud; Students B strongly believe otherwise. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. WEARABLE DEVICES: How can these wearable devices help us? Would you wear one? Why (not)? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How It/They Help

Would You Wear It/Them?

Why (Not)

Moodbeam

 

 

 

GPS Watch

 

 

 

Smart glasses

 

 

 

Health monitor

 

 

 

Smart shirt

 

 

 

Smart shoes

 

 

 

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5. DEVICE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "device". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. MOOD CHANGERS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • A walk
  • Sleep
  • Chocolate
  • Chats with friends
  • Watching movies
  • Bills
  • Rain
  • TV news

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. wearable a. All the people who work at a company or organisation.
      2. device b. Look at and check the progress or quality of something over a period of time.
      3. provider c. Able to be worn (especially about clothes).
      4. staff d. Dealing effectively with something difficult.
      5. monitor e. A thing made or adapted for a particular purpose, especially a piece of mechanical or electronic equipment.
      6. the cloud f. A person or thing that gives something or makes something available.
      7. coping g. The area of the Internet used to store, manage, and process data.

    Paragraph 2

      8. original h. Having a serious, important, or useful purpose.
      9. unfortunate i. Present or existing from the beginning; first or earliest.
      10. truth j. Having or marked by bad luck; unlucky.
      11. wellbeing k. Record or express accurately in words or pictures.
      12. capture l. The state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.
      13. invisible m. The quality or state of being true.
      14. meaningful n. Unable to be seen.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The Moodbeam was designed and made by an American company.     T / F
  2. A healthcare provider helped make the wristband.     T / F
  3. The wristband was designed to help medical staff and doctors.     T / F
  4. Information on a wearer's mood will be stored in the cloud.     T / F
  5. The idea came from a woman worried about her daughter's feelings.     T / F
  6. The company said capturing how we feel is easy.     T / F
  7. The company wants to change how the world sees wristbands.     T / F
  8. The company says we probably won't lead happier lives.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. device
  2. made
  3. staff
  4. check
  5. coping
  6. original
  7. unfortunate
  8. tough
  9. transform
  10. conversations
  1. change
  2. monitor
  3. first
  4. gadget
  5. difficult
  6. workers
  7. chats
  8. manufactured
  9. unlucky
  10. managing

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. A new wearable
  2. a self-
  3. check their mood by
  4. see the data stored in the
  5. how workers and teams are feeling
  6. The original idea
  7. how we feel is so important
  8. easier to understand and talk
  9. creates more meaningful
  10. helps us lead
  1. for the Moodbeam
  2. and coping at work
  3. about how we feel
  4. reporting device
  5. happier lives
  6. device
  7. logging in
  8. to our wellbeing
  9. cloud on a dashboard
  10. conversations

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
name
monitor
know
coping
medical
cloud
self
logging

A new wearable device can let other people (1) _____________________ your mood. The device is a wristband. It is called a Moodbeam and is made by a UK company with the same (2) _____________________. The wristband was designed by the company and a healthcare provider. The company wanted to make a (3) _____________________ -reporting device to help doctors and (4) _____________________ staff. The healthcare provider wanted its workers to be able to (5) _____________________ their mood. Wearers of the device can check their mood by (6) _____________________ in to their Moodbeam account. Information on their mood will be stored in the (7) _____________________. Employers and managers can also see the data stored in the cloud on a dashboard. This can let them know how workers and teams are feeling and (8) _____________________ at work.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
invisible
lives
daughter
way
care
original
better
truth

The (9) _____________________ idea for the Moodbeam wristband came from a worried mother. She wanted to know how her (10) _____________________ was feeling when she wasn't with her. The company website says: "Moodbeam is built on the unfortunate (11) _____________________ that whilst how we feel is so important to our wellbeing, it's hard to capture, tough to talk about and often (12) _____________________....Moodbeam was created with the ambition to transform the (13) _____________________ the world sees mood, by making it easier to understand and talk about how we feel." It added the device: "Allows for (14) _____________________ understanding of how we feel, creates more meaningful conversations with those we (15) _____________________ about and helps us lead happier (16) _____________________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) It is called a Moodbeam and is made by a UK company with ______
     a.  the same named
     b.  the same names
     c.  the same name
     d.  the same naming
2)  The company wanted to make a self-reporting device to help doctors ______
     a.  and medical staff
     b.  and medical stuff
     c.  and medical stiff
     d.  and medical starve
3)  Information on their mood will be stored ______
     a.  in the cloud
     b.  in a cloud
     c.  in them cloudy
     d.  in the cloudy
4)  Employers and managers can also see the data stored in the cloud ______
     a.  on a dashed board
     b.  on a dash bored
     c.  on a dashboard
     d.  on a dashed bored
5)  This can let them know how workers and teams are feeling and ______
     a.  coping at work
     b.  cope pin at work
     c.  co-ping at work
     d.  co-pin at work

6)  The original idea for the Moodbeam wristband came from ______
     a.  a worry mother
     b.  ad worry mother
     c.  a worried mother
     d.  ad worried mother
7)  The company website says Moodbeam is built on ______
     a.  the unfortunately truth
     b.  the unfortunate truth
     c.  the fortunate truth
     d.  the fortunately truth
8)  whilst how we feel is so important to our wellbeing, it's ______
     a.  hard to rapture
     b.  hard to enrapture
     c.  hard to capped your
     d.  hard to capture
9)  tough to talk about and ______
     a.  often invisibly
     b.  often in visible
     c.  often in risible
     d.  often invisible
10)  meaningful conversations with those we care about and helps us ______
     a.  leads happier lives
     b.  leading happier lives
     c.  lead happier lives
     d.  leader happier lives

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new wearable device can (1) ____________________ know your mood. The device is a wristband. It (2) ____________________ Moodbeam and is made by a UK company with the same name. The wristband was designed by the company and a healthcare provider. The company (3) ____________________ a self-reporting device to help doctors and medical staff. The healthcare provider wanted its workers to (4) ____________________ monitor their mood. Wearers of the device can check their mood by logging in to their Moodbeam account. Information on their mood will be stored (5) ____________________. Employers and managers can also see the data stored in the cloud on a dashboard. This can let them know how workers and teams are (6) ____________________ at work.

The (7) ____________________ the Moodbeam wristband came from a worried mother. She wanted to know how her daughter was feeling when she (8) ____________________. The company website says: "Moodbeam is built on the unfortunate truth that whilst how we feel (9) ____________________ to our wellbeing, it's hard to capture, tough to talk about and often invisible....Moodbeam was created (10) ____________________ to transform the way the world sees mood, by making it easier to understand and talk (11) ____________________ feel." It added the device: "Allows for better understanding of how we feel, creates more meaningful conversations with (12) ____________________ about and helps us lead happier lives."

Comprehension questions

  1. Where is the wristband made?
  2. Who did the company want to help?
  3. How can wearers of the wristband check their mood?
  4. Where is data about people's feelings stored?
  5. Who can employers know about the feelings of?
  6. Who originally came up with the idea for the wristband?
  7. What does the company say is hard to capture?
  8. What does the company want to do with how the world sees mood?
  9. What does the company want to do to our conversations?
  10. What might we lead if we wear the wristband?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  Where is the wristband made?
a) the UAE
b) the UK
c) the UAE
d) the UN
2)  Who did the company want to help?
a) taxi drivers and train drivers
b) the aged and students
c) doctors and medical staff
d) the whole world
3)  How can wearers of the wristband check their mood?
a) by e-mail
b) by printing out a report
c) by buying data
d) by logging in
4)  Where is information about people's feelings stored?
a) on a hard drive
b) in the cloud
c) on a USB drive
d) in their minds
5)  Who can employers know about the feelings of?
a) workers and teams
b) bosses
c) customers
d) patients

6)  Who originally came up with the idea for the wristband?
a) a worried mother
b) a worried daughter
c) a scientist
d) a psychiatrist
7)  What does the company say is hard to capture?
a) our mind
b) photographs
c) life
d) how we feel
8)  What does the company want to do with how the world sees mood?
a) stop it
b) feel it
c) transform it
d) think about it
9)  What does the company want to do to our conversations?
a) examine them
b) record them
c) write them down
d) make them more meaningful
10)  What might we lead if we wear the wristband?
a) a race
b) better lives
c) feelings
d) the line

Role play

Role  A – Sleep
You think sleep is the biggest mood changer. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least likely of these to change mood of these (and why): chatting with friends, rain or TV news.

Role  B – Chatting With Friends
You think chatting with friends is the biggest mood changer. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least likely of these to change mood of these (and why): sleep, rain or TV news.

Role  C – Rain
You think rain is the biggest mood changer. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least likely of these to change mood of these (and why): chatting with friends, sleep or TV news.

Role  D – TV News
You think TV news is the biggest mood changer. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least likely of these to change mood of these (and why): chatting with friends, rain or sleep.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'mood'

  • ________________
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  • and 'device'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • new
    • same
    • help
    • logging
    • managers
    • work
    • idea
    • daughter
    • truth
    • often
    • better
    • care




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Moods

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'mood'?
    3. What do you know about moods?
    4. What kind of mood are you in right now?
    5. What affects your mood?
    6. What are you like when you are in a bad mood?
    7. What things put you in a good mood?
    8. What do you think of a device that tells you your mood?
    9. How do you think the device works?
    10. Would you like your boss to have information on your moods?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'device'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How useful do you think this device is?
    5. How important is it to know other people's moods?
    6. How does our mood affect our health?
    7. Is it easy for you to talk about your moods?
    8. How could this device make the world better?
    9. What would make your world better?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the company?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A new wearable device can let other people (1) ____ your mood. The device is a wristband. It is called a Moodbeam and is made by a UK company with the same (2) ____. The wristband was designed by the company and a healthcare provider. The company wanted to make a (3) ____-reporting device to help doctors and medical staff. The healthcare provider wanted its workers to be (4) ____ to monitor their mood. Wearers of the device can check their mood by logging in to their Moodbeam account. Information on their mood will (5) ____ stored in the cloud. Employers and managers can also see the data stored in the cloud on a dashboard. This can let them know how workers and teams are feeling and (6) ____ at work.

    The original idea for the Moodbeam wristband (7) ____ from a worried mother. She wanted to know how her daughter was feeling when she wasn't (8) ____ her. The company website says: "Moodbeam is built (9) ____ the unfortunate truth that whilst how we feel is so important to our wellbeing, it's hard to capture, tough to talk about and often invisible....Moodbeam was created with the ambition to (10) ____ the way the world sees mood, by making it easier to understand and talk about how we feel." It (11) ____ the device: "Allows for better understanding of how we feel, creates more meaningful conversations with those we care about and helps us (12) ____ happier lives."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     knew     (b)     knows     (c)     know     (d)     known    
    2. (a)     name     (b)     call     (c)     slogan     (d)     banner    
    3. (a)     self     (b)     auto     (c)     selfie     (d)     pro    
    4. (a)     able     (b)     can     (c)     ability     (d)     capability    
    5. (a)     do     (b)     have     (c)     take     (d)     be    
    6. (a)     copying     (b)     clapping     (c)     camping     (d)     coping    
    7. (a)     came     (b)     coming     (c)     became     (d)     become    
    8. (a)     as     (b)     at     (c)     to     (d)     with    
    9. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     as     (d)     of    
    10. (a)     conform     (b)     transform     (c)     informs     (d)     forms    
    11. (a)     totalled     (b)     added     (c)     tacked     (d)     joined    
    12. (a)     lead     (b)     tie     (c)     tail     (d)     guide

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  daughter was feeling when she wasn't with her. The company website says: "Moodbeam is built on the unfortunate
    (...)  making it easier to understand and talk about how we feel." It added the device: "Allows
    (...)  for better understanding of how we feel, creates more meaningful conversations
    (...)  The original idea for the Moodbeam wristband came from a worried mother. She wanted to know how her
    (...)  invisible....Moodbeam was created with the ambition to transform the way the world sees mood, by
    (...)  help doctors and medical staff. The healthcare provider wanted its workers to be able to monitor
    (...)  their mood. Wearers of the device can check their mood by logging in to their Moodbeam account. Information on their mood will be
    (...)  with those we care about and helps us lead happier lives."
    (...)  stored in the cloud. Employers and managers can also see the data stored in the
    (...)  a Moodbeam and is made by a UK company with the same name. The wristband was designed
    1  ) A new wearable device can let other people know your mood. The device is a wristband. It is called
    (...)  cloud on a dashboard. This can let them know how workers and teams are feeling and coping at work.
    (...)  by the company and a healthcare provider. The company wanted to make a self-reporting device to
    (...)  truth that whilst how we feel is so important to our wellbeing, it's hard to capture, tough to talk about and often

    Put the words in the right order

    1. can   people   know   .   A   let   device   wearable   new
    2. company   a   The   wanted   self-reporting   make   to   device   .
    3. to   wanted   be   provider   The   to   .   able   workers
    4. will   on   mood   be   their   stored   .   Information
    5. They   the   in   stored   see   data   the   cloud   .
    6. her   to   know   how   wanted   She   daughter   felt   .
    7. wellbeing   .   How   to   important   is   feel   we   our
    8. world   the   way   Transform   the   sees   mood   .
    9. Allows   for   how   understanding   we   feel   .   better   of
    10. about   .   conversations   with   we   More   those   care   meaningful

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A new wearable / wearing device can let other people know your mood. The device is a wristband. It is called a Moodbeam and is making / made by a UK company with the same name / called. The wristband was designed by the company and a healthcare provider. The company wanted to take / make a self-reporting device to help doctors and medical stuff / staff. The healthcare provider wanted its workers to be able / ability to monitor their mood. Wearers of the device can check their mood by logged / logging in to their Moodbeam account. Information on their mood will be / do stored in the cloud. Employers and managers can also see the data stored at / in the cloud on a dashboard. This can let them know how workers and teams are feeling and coping of / at work.

    The original / initially idea for the Moodbeam wristband came from a worried mother. She wanted to know how her daughter was felt / feeling when she wasn't with her. The company website says: "Moodbeam is create / built on the unfortunate true / truth that whilst how we feel is so important to our wellbeing, it's hard to capture, tough for / to talk about and often invisible....Moodbeam was created with / to the ambition to transform the way the world sees mood, by make / making it easier to understand and talk about how we feel / feeling." It added the device: "Allows for better understanding of how we feel, creates more meaningful conservation / conversations with those we care about and helps us lead / iron happier lives."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a new wearable device can let other people know your mood the device is a wristband it is called a moodbeam and is made by a uk company with the same name the wristband was designed by the company and a healthcare provider the company wanted to make a selfreporting device to help doctors and medical staff the healthcare provider wanted its workers to be able to monitor their mood wearers of the device can check their mood by logging in to their moodbeam account information on their mood will be stored in the cloud employers and managers can also see the data stored in the cloud on a dashboard this can let them know how workers and teams are feeling and coping at work

    the original idea for the moodbeam wristband came from a worried mother she wanted to know how her daughter was feeling when she wasnt with her the company website says moodbeam is built on the unfortunate truth that whilst how we feel is so important to our wellbeing its hard to capture tough to talk about and often invisible moodbeam was created with the ambition to transform the way the world sees mood by making it easier to understand and talk about how we feel it added the device allows for better understanding of how we feel creates more meaningful conversations with those we care about and helps us lead happier lives

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    Anewwearabledevicecanletotherpeopleknowyourmood.Thedeviceis
    awristband.ItiscalledaMoodbeamandismadebyaUKcompanywiththe
    samename.Thewristbandwasdesignedbythecompanyandahealthca
    reprovider.Thecompanywantedtomakeaself-reportingdevicetohelp
    doctorsandmedicalstaff.Thehealthcareproviderwanteditsworkersto
    beabletomonitortheirmood.Wearersofthedevicecanchecktheirmood
    byloggingintotheirMoodbeamaccount.Informationontheirmoodwillb
    estoredinthecloud.Employersandmanagerscanalsoseethedatastore
    dinthecloudonadashboard.Thiscanletthemknowhowworkersandtea
    msarefeelingandcopingatwork.TheoriginalideafortheMoodbeamwri
    stbandcamefromaworriedmother.Shewantedtoknowhowherdaught
    erwasfeelingwhenshewasn'twithher.Thecompanywebsitesays:"Mo
    odbeamisbuiltontheunfortunatetruththatwhilsthowwefeelissoimpor
    tanttoourwellbeing,it'shardtocapture,toughtotalkaboutandofteninv
    isible....Moodbeamwascreatedwiththeambitiontotransformthewayt
    heworldseesmood,bymakingiteasiertounderstandandtalkabouthow
    wefeel."Itaddedthedevice:"Allowsforbetterunderstandingofhowwef
    eel,createsmoremeaningfulconversationswiththosewecareaboutan
    dhelpsusleadhappierlives."

    Free writing

    Write about moods for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    It is important for those around us to know our mood. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. MOODS: Make a poster about moods. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. MOODBEAM: Write a magazine article about all of us wearing a Moodbeam so we can monitor our mood. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on moods. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on the Moodbeam. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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